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The first exit polls for Israel’s Election Day are in. It’s close.


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Blue and White were again locked in a virtual dead heat at the close of voting in Israel, exit polls on Tuesday showed.

Both Blue and White, which is led by Benny Gantz, a former military...
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7 things to look for in today’s Israeli elections


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis head to the polls for the second time this year on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political life after a decade in power. But it’s unclear if his centrist opponents have the votes to beat him. If he wins,...
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Sculpture of Anne Frank dedicated at WW2 Museum

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

A life-sized bronze sculpture of the most well-known of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, teenager Anne Frank, and a special bench bearing a quote from her was unveiled this morning at Founders Plaza of the National World War II Museum. The outdoor...
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Here we go again: A beginner’s guide to Israel’s 2nd election in 2019


(JTA) — Trying to understand next week’s Israeli elections can get confusing. Especially since we’re talking about the second election in one year.

Longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is mired in a series of corruption scandals and again facing...
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Jewish and pro-Israel groups, leaders react to news of Greenblatt resignation


Jewish and pro-Israel community leaders and groups reacted to the White House announcement on Thursday that U.S. Middle East special envoy Jason Greenblatt plans to resign within the coming weeks.

“Mr. Greenblatt has played a pivotal role over the last two years in strengthening...
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Meet Rabbi Josh Pernick of Congregation Beth Israel


With all of his youthful exuberance, it’s easy to forget that, at 30 years of age,  Rabbi Joshua Pernick is now in charge of the oldest Orthodox institution in the Greater New Orleans area, occupying the Oscar J. Tolmas Rabbinic Chair at Congregation Beth Israel.

Rabbi “Josh,”...
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Back from the brink, Hadassah banks on bipartisanship in attracting new members


WASHINGTON (JTA) — A decade after the Bernie Madoff debacle — one so serious that Hadassah officials refuse to even utter the Ponzi schemer’s name — the women’s Zionist organization is back.

The finances are robust — 2017 tax returns show $108 million in assets — and...
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Dr. Richard Willner receives top award from Alliance for Good Govt.

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Dr. Richard Willner, a podiatrist and a man who has brought attention to  the plight of at-risk physicians and made their survival his personal mission, recently received the Civic Leader of the Year Award for Jefferson Parish from the Alliance for Good Government.

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Phil Melancon prepares to channel Allan Sherman


Phil Melancon has mounted a number of successful original shows in which he also celebrated the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin. His prowess on the keyboards is legendary and he follows in true New Orleans fashion to other irreverent live performers...
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Samuels celebrates Basin Street Records’ 21st anniversary

By BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the CCJN

When Mark Samuels was nearing his 13th birthday, he was playing music while preparing for his bar mitzvah at what was then called the Conservative Congregation of New Orleans. Today it is known as Shir Chadash or “New Song” and that may be...
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